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Economic crisis puts stress on political system

The American political system responds rather well to a national security threat.We're united, we identify the enemy, and we debate various strategies for countering the threat. However, we're...

DATE: March 29, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Budget cuts are putting Legislature to the test

There was an abrupt and snowy end to the week at the Legislature with a heavy spring snowstorm hitting the Denver area. We were dismissed at noon Thursday and were told we wouldn't be meeting at...

DATE: March 29, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Lift 8 delay makes sense

Given the sour economic climate, there are few businesses - or families for that matter - making large investments in capital improvements. In large part, that is because of a tight credit market...

DATE: March 25, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Latin Americans give new meaning to freedom of the press

Like everyone involved with newspapers, I consider myself a supporter of freedom of the press. But earlier this month, I met some people for whom that has a meaning far beyond anything that has...

DATE: March 25, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

AIG bonuses

The knives were out in Congress last week as members of the House of Representatives piled on American International Group's management for approving about $156 million in bonuses, and for the...

DATE: March 25, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

City Council

Having four candidates running for three seats on the Durango City Council is both fortuitous and awkward. It benefits the voters because it forces an election with the attendant discussion of...

DATE: March 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Pay to Play: What price success

When high school athletes pay their coach thousands of dollars, we have to ask, "What is the price for success?"By the time a soccer player is a senior, he can expect to pay $2,200 during his high...

DATE: March 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Warmer temperatures threaten Colorado's farm water

My great-grandfather moved to Kiowa County from Illinois and began our family's ties to rural Colorado in the late 1800s. Modern technology has changed our lives and most certainly how we work the...

DATE: March 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

No real surprises in economic news

 The state's economic forecast was just delivered to the Legislature and there were no real surprises that I could see. These are tough times and the numbers bear that out. From what I know from...

DATE: March 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Dim forecast means more tough cuts

I'm writing you today from home. It's been a busy session and I don't get home that often, so it's nice to be back. On Saturday, I participated in an Agriculture Summit at the Four State Ag Expo in...

DATE: March 21, 2009 | COLUMN: Capitol Report

Public records

"Freedom of information" long has been considered the province of journalists who spend their working hours digging through government records.That is true, but private citizens need to realize...

DATE: March 17, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

The public's health

As a member of Colorado's State Board of Health, it has been interesting and enlightening for me to learn firsthand about the critical role of public health locally, regionally and nationally,...

DATE: March 15, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

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